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Cabinet's approval rate slips to 71%

/ Mar 25, 2013

Cabinet's approval rate slips to 71%

The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slipped 1.7 points from the previous opinion poll but remains sky-high at 71.1 percent, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday. The survey, conducted over the weekend, showed 62.7 percent of the respondents ...

/ Mar 25, 2013

Can GOP learn something from Democrats past?

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus deserves credit for launching a reclamation project for his beleaguered party. The report by the RNC's Growth and Opportunity Project lays bare the depth of the problems of a party that has lost the popular vote in five ...

Abe visits Fukushima to check reconstruction efforts

Mar 25, 2013

Abe visits Fukushima to check reconstruction efforts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to check the progress of reconstruction in areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Abe visited Namie, a town that was evacuated following the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power ...

Yoshida calls for calm ahead of Jordan clash

Mar 25, 2013

Yoshida calls for calm ahead of Jordan clash

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Japan defender Maya Yoshida has called for cool heads as the Asian champions prepared to leave Sunday for a high-stakes World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Amman. Wary of what he describes as whistle-happy Asian referees, the Southampton center back has admitted he may have ...

/ Mar 25, 2013

Pyongyang riled by Abe's entreaty

North Korea has dismissed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a "political half-wit" for predicting its collapse and warned that Japan will never be safe if war breaks out because it is within striking range of its missiles. "Abe talked about the 'collapse' of the DPRK, ...

Team spirit carries Evessa past 89ers

/ Mar 25, 2013

Team spirit carries Evessa past 89ers

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In Bill Cartwright's view, team spirit is a unifying force that can deliver results and guide a team on the path to success. And he should know, having played a starring role for the Chicago Bulls' first three-peat (1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93) and absorbing hoops ...

Mar 25, 2013

Konno healthy enough to play in Jordan match

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Japan has been given a timely boost after one of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's most trusted players on Saturday declared himself fit to play in Tuesday's crunch World Cup qualifier away to Jordan. Laid low with a fever earlier this week, Gamba Osaka utility man Yasuyuki ...

ODA policy critic Murai dies at 69

Mar 25, 2013

ODA policy critic Murai dies at 69

Yoshinori Murai, a professor at Waseda University's Organization for Asian Studies, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, sources said. He was 69. Known for engaging in research that was critical of Japan's policies on official development assistance, Murai, a ...

Mar 25, 2013

Nomura earns win in return to judo

Three-time Olympic judo champion Tadahiro Nomura triumphantly marked his return to the mat Saturday by winning the Swiss Open. Nomura, who won gold at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games, defeated Switzerland's Ludovic Chammartin by ippon in the final in his first meet since August ...

Mar 25, 2013

Hiroshima A-bomb victims top 557,000

The hibakusha population in Hiroshima has grown to 557,478, according to research conducted by the city government. Based on a fresh review of 120,000 documents which was undertaken by computer for the first time, the number of atomic bomb victims has grown by around 15,000 ...

Mar 25, 2013

Lord Kanaloa completes hat trick

Hong Kong Sprint and Sprinters Stakes champion Lord Kanaloa won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in dominant fashion Sunday, becoming the first Japanese horse to capture three Grade 1 sprint titles. The 5-year-old Lord Kanaloa went off as the overwhelming favorite in a field of 17 at ...